7 Legal Tips for Summer Travel
1. Read the fine print in any contract or agreement you sign. Package tours, vacation home leases, auto rental agreements and travel insurance documents all require you to sign a complex legal document. The fine print often limits the liability of the other party and selects a jurisdiction should legal action become necessary. Some travel packages or rental agreements may involve large sums of money and non-refundable deposits. Contact our office for any assistance in understanding these types of documents; we would be happy to review them with you.
2. Protect your home while you are away. Ask the postal service to hold your mail while you are away. Stop your newspaper delivery. You may also notify local law enforcement that you will be away from home. Many police departments have programs that will have an officer drive by your home while you are away. Be careful mentioning that you will be away on Facebook or other social networks. Thieves sometimes use that information to target victims who are out of town.
3. Review your health insurance coverage before traveling. Your insurance company may have restrictions or require notice if you are traveling outside of their coverage area. If you are traveling to a remote area overseas you may consider purchasing additional traveler’s health insurance. Additional medical insurance can be instrumental in handling unexpected travel accidents or illnesses on any trip.
4. Think carefully about what you carry. Only carry the personal documentation necessary for traveling. Do not let your passport or other important documents out of your sight. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash while traveling. Traveler’s checks and credit cards offer more protection in the event of theft. Contact your bank and credit card company to let them know you will be traveling and check on your credit limits. If you are exchanging money, use only authorized agents or banks. Keep photocopies of your passport and credit card information at home in the event you need the information for an emergency.
5. Leave a trusted friend or family member with a copy of your current will, power of attorney and insurance documents. If you do not have current documents, contact our office to get them.
6. Understand airport security regulations before you leave for your trip. TheUnited States Transportation Security Agency website offers a great deal of information about what you can and cannot take with you when you fly.
7. If your plans involve traveling to another country, state or province, make sure you understand local laws. Traffic laws vary greatly, especially outside of the U.S. and Canada. It is important to familiarize yourself with laws and customs of any other country where you will be traveling.